All Seminar students enroll in two four-credit courses which run for the full six weeks of the Seminar. All courses give Honors credit to students in Commonwealth College.
Most courses are capped at 8 students. If you need a particular class, apply as soon as you can, or contact the director immediately (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Four-credit, six-week courses)
**Each course is the equivalent of a 300-level Honors class.
- Reading Jane Austen
- Shakespearean Families
- The Literary Makings of the Modern Self
- Introduction to International Law
- The Politics of Imperial Decline in Britain since 1939
- Principles of Marketing
- British Detective Fiction
- British Perspectives on the American Revolution
- Oxford, The City as a Work of Art
- The Supernatural in Renaissance Drama
- Writing Workshop: Prose Fiction
- Children, Teens, and Media
When applying to the Seminar, students should indicate their first three preferences for courses.
British Studies Colloquium
Applicants, please also note the following:
Changes to courses
Books and Syllabi
Scheduling, Homework and Travel
Grades, GPA and Transcripts
Grades awarded by the university use the following scale: A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B-(2.7), C+(2.3), C (2.0), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1.0), and F (0). The University of Massachusetts Amherst is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Upon completion of their courses, students will receive both a grade and a written assessment of their work by their tutors. One copy of the assessment is kept by the Seminar; the other is given to the student.
Transcripts of grades and credits earned become a part of the University of Massachusetts’s permanent record. Requests for transcripts should be sent to:
Transcript Office, Division of Continuing Education, Suite 201, 100 Venture Way, Hadley, MA 01035, tel. (413) 545-3653. There is a $6 fee for each transcript.